San Diego SAN Airport Overview

San Diego International Airport SAN - also known as 'Lindbergh Field' - serves the City of San Diego in southern California and surrounding areas.  It is the Nation’s busiest single runway airport, however, its reduced runway capacity also limits the number of international flights the Airport can accommodate. Conde Nast Traveler magazine has ranked San Diego Airport as the fifth in the Nation's top airports, and number 1 in the State.

SAN Airport is only a few miles to the center of San Diego, California, and is only 20 miles from the Mexican border. It is conveniently situated on North Harbor Drive, off Interstate Hwy I-5, offering connections to S.R. 163, I-8 and I-15. The area is known for its mild climate, plentiful beaches and world-class attractions like the San Diego Zoo and Sea World.

With a a yearly  estimate of 17.7 million travelers, San Diego Airport is served by  major airlines and regional jet services, offering direct and connecting flights to all points of the globe. Southwest is its dominant carrier. 

NOTICE:  1. (a) United Airlines flight assignments are at T2 - except flights to/from Los Angeles which are currently at T1, gate 4; (b) Delta Air Lines and affiliate flights, including to LAX, operate out of Terminal 2 (gates 47-51).
2. Global Entry technology is now available at SAN.

San Diego International Airport  has three passenger terminals – T1, T2, and  the Commuter Terminal.
Present & Future Airport Developments:
1. By late 2014: Ongoing Construction on the Cross-Border Terminal , which is to enable passengers to directly cross from Tijuana Airport in Mexico, via new U.S. Customs & Border Protection station in Otay Mesa (south of  San Diego, on U.S. ground) - by taking the 160-foot pedestrian 'Tijuana Cross Border Bridge' - thereby allowing ticketed passengers to cross the bridge in either directions at a fee. The new Customs station at Otay Mesa is expected to be completed by late 2014  and will lower waiting times considerably and may boost cross-border tourism. 
2. By January 2016: Ongoing Work on the new Rental Car Center at the north side of the Airport should be completed - to be served by a single shuttle service, saving time and energy. 
3. Starting 2015/16:  1. Recently, (a) approval was received on building a new 3-level, 3,000 space parking garage with Smart Park technology, enabling parkers to reserve & pay for space prior to departing; and (b) replacingTerminal 1 over a multi-year phasing.

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SAN Delays: 15 mins or less.

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